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Accessories for
Eduard P-39/P-400

Ultracast

 

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number, Description and Price: 48106 - P-39 Airacobra Seats (with American Harness) USD$7.95
48107 - P-39 Airacobra Seats (with British Sutton Harness) USD$7.95
48108 - P-39/P-400 12 Stack Exhausts USD$4.95
48109 - P-39/P-400 Tubular Exhausts USD$4.95
48110 - P-39/P-400 Flared Exhausts USD$4.95
48111 - P-39/P-400 British Fishtail Exhausts USD$4.95

Add shipping and handling to above: USD$4.00 in North America

Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: All Resin. See text for more details
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Beautiful quality casting; amazing detail (particularly hollowed-out 12 stack exhausts) provides accurate alternatives for British versions.
Disadvantages:  
Recommendation: Highly Recommended

 

Reviewed by Brett Green


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F i r s t   L o o k

 

Ultracast has carved (or, more accurately, cast) a reputation as a fine producer of first-rate resin figures and accessories for aircraft and armour models. In particular, Ultracast has become synonymous with resin replacement seats and exhausts for 1/48 scale aircraft.

This new batch of releases will add detail and provide accurate options for British variants of Eduard's 1/48 scale P-400/P-39 Airacobra kits.

Casting of all parts is up to Ultracastís high standards. The releases are as follows:


 

48106 - P-39 Airacobra Seats (with American Harness)
48107 - P-39 Airacobra Seats (with British Sutton Harness)

 

Ultracast has applied its resin magic to the Airacobra seat. Two separate releases are available - one with the US-style harness and one with the distinctive British Sutton Harness. Photographs show that the Sutton Harness was used in RAF and RAAF operated P-39s, so these will be a valuable accessory for anybody contemplating an Airacobra in Commonwealth service.

 

As usual, the drape and detail of the harnesses is very realistic on both sets. Each set includes two seats.

 

  

 

 

 


 

48108 - P-39/P-400 12 Stack Exhausts
48109 - P-39/P-400 Tubular Exhausts
48110 - P-39/P-400 Flared Exhausts
48111 - P-39/P-400 British Fishtail Exhausts

 

Ultracast offers four different P-39/P-400 exhaust options with these latest releases. The exhausts are finer in shape and subtler in detail than their plastic Eduard counterparts, and the British fishtail exhaust is not offered in the kit as an option at all.

The parts are crisply cast with almost no cleanup required before use. The seam lines and raised lip on each exhaust stack are all there. Of course, the pipes are hollow as well.

These hollowed out pipes are especially impressive on the 12 stack exhausts. The lip of each stack is mind-bogglingly narrow, yet the "holes" in the end of each stack are perfectly rendered.

  

  

 

 

Conclusion

 

These will be a very attractive and relevant accessory for anyone building the Eduard P-39/P-400 family of kits, but they will be especially valuable for building a British or Commonwealth operated Airacobra.

Highly Recommended

 

Thanks to Kevin at Ultracast for the review samples.


The full catalogue of Ultracast accessories, conversions and figures may be viewed and purchased at Ultracast's Web Site.


Review Copyright © 2002 by Brett Green
Images Courtesy Ultracast Website, except title image and test-fitting image by Brett Green
Page Created 14 July, 2002
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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